The band have announced a major world tour, kicking off in Oslo on 10 October, taking in dates in Europe, North America and the UK. The obligatory visit to Manchester will be at the stunning Albert Hall on Peter Street.
Mogwai @ Albert Hall
Friday 2nd February
Tickets on sale from Friday 27th Oct, 10am
Mogwai are a unique, defiant, Scottish success story, a band who named their second album twenty years ago Come On Die Young and turned, instead, into musical lifers.
Since 1995, Glasgow’s post-rock pioneers have been a sonic perfect storm, the musical equivalent of both Francis Bacon’s horror paintings and William Blake’s visions of angels in the trees (or, if you like, the aural equivalent of Blake’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience Showing the Two Contrary States of the Human Soul, except by exuberant Scottish jesters in sturdy rainwear, here in the 21st Century).
Mogwai were 70s-born punk rock renegades who “hated everything”, who named themselves after the comedy-horror gonk in Gremlins, whose lifelong politicised worldview inspired the 1998 EP No Education = No Future (Fuck The Curfew), an indignant protest against a Strathclyde Police initiative demonising Lanarkshire teenagers.
Skateboarding kids who loved Nirvana, The Cure and Star Wars, their 1999 merchandising t-shirt in the pre-millennial, post-Britpop wilderness declared Blur: Are Shite. They aligned themselves, instead, with the symphonic divinity of Canada’s Godspeed You! Black Emperor, their own terror-rock epic Mogwai Fear Satan (from debut album Young Team, 1997) pioneering late-90s “post rock” instrumental sorcery. Pavement’s Stephen Malkmus, with late-90s foresight, pronounced them “the band of the 2Ist century”.
Their autonomous, uncompromising attitude remains steadfast today, releasing music on their own Rock Action label since 2010, now home to a diverse spectrum of equally maverick minds.
Albert Hall, 27 Peter St, City Centre, Manchester M2 5QR
0844 858 8521